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post #1 of 34 Old 06-13-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Riding in Older Saddles

I don't know about the rest of you, but I LOVE riding in older saddles. It just seems like they're more comfortable besides the fact of being well broken in and are built a lot differently than most newer ones.

I have several saddles at my house, but I ride in three (one English, two Western), one Western of which I inherited from my late stepfather. Although both of my Western saddles were only made in 2007 and 1994, my English saddle, a Courbette Husar, was manufactured and sold in Switzerland in 1980. I also have my old English saddle that I sadly outgrew (my niece now rides in it) which was a Collegiate close contact made in 1985.

Here is my 1980 Courbette Husar:



I love the deep seat and forward position of this saddle, as well as the high back and the suede knee rolls. It also has hidden thigh blocks. (I know there are some similar new saddles, but I still consider this one a classic! You can't beat an older Courbette/Stubben!)
So how about you? What do you love about your older saddle(s)?
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post #2 of 34 Old 06-13-2012, 11:39 AM
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And, not as squeaky!
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post #3 of 34 Old 06-13-2012, 02:27 PM
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Love love love old quality saddles that have been well-cared for. It's not just how the older saddles feel on my bummy and position. It's that old, supple leather that's been worked and conditioned and rubbed on, until it has variations in color and sheen. It's the knowledge
of all those miles and hours of work, accomplishment, and joy. It's the sweet, subtle smell of the sweat of every horse that's proudly worn it.

And they don't squeak! I second that one.
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post #4 of 34 Old 06-13-2012, 02:38 PM
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You can't beat the quality of an older leather saddle, especially one that's been well cared for over the years.

My Stubben fits my TB like a dream, and looks almost new. I bought it used at the end of 2010, and it's at least 25 y/o, if not older.

Pretty hard to kill an older, quality leather saddle.
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post #5 of 34 Old 06-14-2012, 05:41 PM
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I hate old Stubbens - I'd rather sit on a board.

Give me a new foam seat any day :)

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I hate old Stubbens - I'd rather sit on a board.

Give me a new foam seat any day :)
And that's why there are different saddles; everyone has their own preferences.
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post #7 of 34 Old 06-14-2012, 05:50 PM
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Haha I agree! I have old polo saddles that must be almost 20 years old! But they're buffalo leather so the quality is exquisite and they're just so durable and comfy :)
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Well, I usually go and search on eBay and I'll buy these $.99 saddles and I love being able to condition them back in to these pretty saddles. And then once I worked so hard on making them usable again I realize that I own an amazingly nice saddle that I bought for $.99.
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post #9 of 34 Old 06-14-2012, 10:39 PM
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My Passier Hannover dressage saddle has a hard seat but everyone who's seen it is jealous of how supple the leather is, lol! It's in decent shape at 35 years old. I need to have the stitching redone on it, and replace one of the stirrup bars, but I love riding in it. I want to get a seat saver for it too, just to protect it a bit more. Any suggestions?
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My Passier Hannover dressage saddle has a hard seat but everyone who's seen it is jealous of how supple the leather is, lol! It's in decent shape at 35 years old. I need to have the stitching redone on it, and replace one of the stirrup bars, but I love riding in it. I want to get a seat saver for it too, just to protect it a bit more. Any suggestions?
That's a shame. If a strirrup bar needs replacing, depending on what's gone wrong you may need a re-tree because the bars are rivetted through point and rail. And it might be considered uneconomic because of the saddle's age (other parts will often need replacing unless you're very lucky).

You'll need a proper saddler to look at it. I'll keep my fingers crossed it's not too bad :)
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